14 Mental Traps That Keep Controlling Your Life


How to stop people from taking advantage of you? How to finally become a confident person? Sometimes we fall into our own mind’s trap, and we make decisions that can go completely wrong.

It’s easy to fall victim to different clichés and stereotypes pounded into our head by society. Our minds constantly play games with us, setting traps and imaginary obstacles.

Double standards 0:36
Arguing just for the sake of winning 1:23
Comparing apples to oranges 2:16
Trusting only “your” people 3:00
Overgeneralization 3:51
Blindly jumping on the bandwagon 4:42
We remember only our best traits and actions 5:28
Our brain thinks we’re someone else in the future 6:17
The Peltzman Effect 7:19
Positive expectations 7:59
Catchy jingles and rhymes 8:50
There’s always more bad news 9:31
The IKEA Effect 10:12
The “superiority over others” trap 10:52

– We hold different standards for different people. We often excuse some people’s behavior but not others’ by arguing they that they have certain life troubles and issues.
– Scientists Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber proposed a theory that people have learned how to argue just for the opportunity to influence each other.
– We often compare things that are totally incomparable, which causes us to make incorrect decisions and conclusions at the end.
– Since ancient times, we wittingly or unwittingly divide people into groups: “us” versus “them”. And we trust the people in “our” group more: family, friends, colleagues and loved ones.
– If something unpleasant has ever happened to you in the past, it seems to leave a bad taste in your mouth forever.
– Human beings are social creatures by nature, and just like other animals that live in groups, we interact and depend on each other. That’s why people are inclined to do or believe something if they know that the majority does or believes this too.
– For better or worse, people are people, and we’re all a bit egoistic. We like to acknowledge only our best features.
– Different studies show that when we start imagining ourselves in the future, it activates the parts of our brain that work when we think about different people.
– The gist of this phenomenon is that an abundance of different protective devices and safety equipment lead a person to think they’re invincible, so the risk of an accident increases.
– Having positive expectations is a trap common among addicted gamblers: they’re sure that after a series of losses, their good luck will appear, and the next game will definitely bring a jackpot!
– When people hear catchy jingles or see rhyming slogans, they subconsciously treat them as more trustworthy.
– It’s no secret, people are pessimists at heart! But scientists propose another theory. They say that we subconsciously treat bad news as more important. When something good happens, it gives us less food for thought, yet bad news leaves a lot of room for contemplation.
– IKEA effect: seemingly ordinary gloves knitted by your dear little Granny bring a smile to your face, but you wouldn’t even notice a similar pair at the store.
– In most cases, people have a high opinion of their own skills. They overestimate their abilities, which is why they can’t rate themselves objectively.

Do you recognize when your mind is tricking you? How do you cope with this? Tell us in the comments section below!

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